A moving performance about a mother diagnosed with cancer secured a Hamilton school top spot at the ASB 2014 Stage Challenge.
Hamilton's Sacred Heart Girls' College students are ecstatic after scooping the prestigious win at Claudelands Arena in Hamilton on Friday.
Year 13 performer Victoria Lock called the win for their performance, ''A battle never fought alone'', incredible.
''We worked so hard for this, it's indescribable. It hasn't sunk in yet.''
The school's segment involved 50 performers using interpretive dance and poignant acting scenes to tell the all-too-common tale of a woman's life with cancer, and how it affects her family and community.
''The whole theme is to show that cancer is never fought alone. There is a whole community to back you up.''
In the performance's final segment, the college played footage of students telling their personal cancer stories.
Event manager Sarah-Jane Phillips said Sacred Heart delivered a brilliant all-round performance.
''They put their heart and soul into it and they all did a fantastic job.''
Performance judge Brendan Pyper said the college effectively delivered its message in a ''moving way''.
In second place was Melville High School with Tilt the Scale.
Third Place was Waiuku College with All We Need is Love.
Phillips said she was blown away by all the students' talent and hard work.
''[The] performances reflect how Stage Challenge and J Rock are great outlets for youth to creatively express themselves and their values.''
- Waikato Times